Birds of Prey
"Birds of Prey" are birds who hunt for their food (other animals or meat) in flight. When they find prey they swoop out of the air and using their "hooked" beaks and sharp claws they seize the unsuspecting animal. Their bodies are compact, head rounded, and are very strong.
Elliot Coues Key to North American Birds (Boston, MA: Estes and Lauriat, 1884)
Courtesy the private collection of Roy Winkelman